Become a STEM Teacher by Fall 2019 Through EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellowship Now Available in the San Francisco Bay Area

South San Francisco, CA   July 6, 2018 BioSpace Release

Have you considered becoming a teacher? Do you enjoy leading, creating, organizing, and serving others? Are you motivated to give back and improve your community and the world? Inspire the next generation of innovators by beginning the transition to teaching middle or high school as your next career.

The EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellowship is a rigorous on-ramp to a teaching career — offering you the field experience, knowledge and connections to ensure you thrive. EnCorps has won regional, state, and national awards for our Fellowship experience, which provides a convenient, guided, and seamless pathway into teaching for STEM industry professionals that can be started while you are still working.

EnCorps is looking for passionate and driven science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industry professionals who want to make a difference in urban education with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Three or more years* of science, technology, engineering or math industry or research experience (*please see our full eligibility criteria here:
  • Do not currently hold a California single subject teaching credential
  • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree with a 2.50 GPA or higher
  • Currently live in an area we serve (Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento Area, Greater Los Angeles Area, Orange County, Greater San Diego)
  • Fully eligible to work in the United States (US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Work Visa)
  • *You do NOT need prior experience in education*

Apply online at by our FALL DEADLINE: September 14, 2018

As an EnCorps Teaching Fellow:

  • Train to teach this winter by volunteering 2-5 hours per week in a local classroom as a guest teacher
  • Receive mentorship and coaching from EnCorps staff and an experienced host teacher
  • Complete teaching exams with support from EnCorps
  • In the spring, enter one of two online teaching credentialing programs: Career and Technical Education by Orange County Department of Education or Single Subject Credential by Alliant International University
  • Engage in a robust slate of professional development and collaborate with a cohort of peers
  • In fall 2019, begin full time teaching in a school district or charter network

“I saw a spark in those kids, I want to see more of that. If I can be a little inspiration to them that would be worth it.” –EnCorps Fellow Erika Parker

How will I earn my credential?

EnCorps works with two online programs for teaching credentials:

  • Career and Technical Education by Orange County Department of Education – earn your credential in as little as 3 months.
  • Single Subject Credential by Alliant International University – EnCorps’ exclusive partnership with Alliant allows Fellows a 25% tuition reduction. You can earn your credential while being paid to teach.

Find out more



The EnCorps Fellowship is an innovative, long-term solution to enduring STEM achievement, access, and literacy gaps disproportionately limiting low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities.

STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most.

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship recruits, selects, develops and supports the best and brightest STEM professionals and military veterans, as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high needs schools.

Fellows will be accepted to EnCorps either in the Fall (A Cohort) or the Spring (B Cohort). Regardless of when Fellows start with EnCorps, almost every credential programs’ applications open in the fall and are due between January-March; acceptances are issued in late spring, and credential programs begin in the summer. Fellows in Northern California will have a choice as to which credential program they wish to enroll in, and will benefit from strong connections and partnerships EnCorps has with many of the prominent programs in the region.

Cohort A Fellows will be accepted to EnCorps between August and November, will start their pre-credential volunteering in the middle of the school year (January), and will choose between an accelerated pathway to their credentialing experience or taking another school year to begin credentialing.

  • The Accelerated Pathway will enable Fellows to begin teaching in August of the same year they begin pre-Credential volunteering, and will involve either earning a CTE credential simultaneous to their volunteer experience or accepting an intern position in the spring or summer. Fellows who opt for the accelerated start will need to enter EnCorps already prepared to make a career change and ready to take significant immediate action.
  • The Standard Pathway will enable Fellows to volunteer for one full academic semester before they need to begin the process of applying to credential programs, and will enable them to volunteer for an additional 1-2 academic semesters in order to practice, learn, and build essential skills. Fellows will simultaneously apply for Traditional or Residency single subject credential programs, and begin their credentialing experience the academic year after they volunteer. Fellows can also opt to earn a CTE credential while they are volunteering and either start as a CTE teacher instead of entering a single subject credential program, or hold both CTE and Single Subject credentials.

Cohort B Fellows will be accepted to EnCorps between February and May, will start their pre-credential volunteering at the beginning of the next school year in August or September, and will volunteer with EnCorps for the duration of the academic year.

Cohort B Fellows will be able to begin preparing to apply for a credential program over the summer they are accepted, and submit applications for traditional or residency credential programs at the end of their first semester of volunteering. In this way, Cohort B Fellows can start their single subject credential programs as their volunteering ends.

Cohort B Fellows may also elect to earn a CTE credential simultaneous to their volunteer experience, which enable them either to start teaching CTE courses the school year after they complete volunteering, or hold both CTE and Single Subject credentials.

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